Better data is essential to improve health outcomes, yet routinely available data for the monitoring of progress are often of low quality. Even where rich data sources are available, there can be limited capacity to synthesise, interpret and learn from the data.
In Gombe State, Nigeria, IDEAS uses a results framework with six-monthly data-driven learning workshops to support the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation implementation projects.
In West Bengal, India, IDEAS supported district health decision-making through a prototype phase of the Data-Informed Platform for Health (DIPH) – a structured method combining a toolkit with facilitated discussions and action planning. This involves a five-step cycle running every 3-4 months at district level. Standardized job-aids facilitate linking of input and process data from health and other sectors onto a common data-sharing platform. Government and non-government stakeholders analyse the data, identify challenges and gaps and agree on measures to be taken to resolve issues.
IDEAS is using an action-research approach to adapt, implement and evaluate the Data-Informed Platform for Health for the Ethiopian context.
ReportDIPH training handbook
It also elaborates on the operationalisation and cyclical implementation of the Data-Informed Platform for Health at the district level. The target audience for this handbook are district health officers, both in administrative and managerial roles within the health systems. Part A of the handbook covers the four core...
Research briefIntroducing the Data-Informed Platform for Health
What is a Data-Informed Platform for Health? In low-resource settings the use of local data for health system planning and decision-making is often limited. What data there is may be of poor quality and a data sharing culture is lacking. Health administrators often have limited capacity to analyse and use data for...
Blog PostBetter quality routine health data through a WhatsApp group? What comes out of the Data Quality Workshops in Gombe State
To strengthen the quality of routine maternal and newborn health data in Gombe State in 2017 the IDEAS project initiated a total of four data...
NewsWelcome to the new IDEAS website
The IDEAS project aims to improve the health and survival of mothers and babies through generating evidence to inform policy and practice in...
NewsBetter health through better data
These meetings are known as “Data Driven Learning Workshops”. Led by the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency (GSPHCDA) the...
ReportInformed Decisions for Actions in Maternal and Newborn Health 2010–17 Report
Back in 2009, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle developed a new strategy for the coming years, outlining how they might achieve...
Blog PostTaking stock – Seven years of IDEAS
A team of about 20 researchers and professional support staff, employed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, set off to find out...
Blog PostYour guide to the Data-Informed Platform for Health
In low-resource settings the use of local data for health system planning and decision-making is often limited. What data there is may be of...
ReportDIPH Monitoring Report – North 24 Parganas, West Bengal – Cycle 3: October 2016 – March 2017
A monitoring report for the third cycle of the DIPH prototype in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal
ReportDIPH Monitoring Report – South 24 Parganas, West Bengal – Cycle 3: November 2016 – March 2017
The third monitoring report of the DIPH prototype phase in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
ReportDIPH Monitoring Report – Diamond Harbour, West Bengal – Cycle 3: September 2016 – March 2017
The third monitoring report on the DIPH prototype in Diamond Harbour, West Bengal